Every growing season, agronomists play a vital role in providing expertise and support for farmers. Once again this season, farmers can show their appreciation for their agronomic support teams during Agronomy Week to be celebrated April 2-6.
Launched last year by the DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brands, the annual event takes place the first week of April to help farmers recognize the contributions of their agronomists, seed dealers and crop consultants who help them get the most out of every acre.
Pete Uitenbroek, DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brand lead, notes that Agronomy Week was created as an industry-wide celebration. “We’re proud to promote recognition for agronomic team members throughout our industry,” he says. “These dedicated professionals work closely with farmers throughout the growing season, guiding key decision-making and monitoring crop performance to help them maximize their success.”
During Agronomy Week, farmers, regardless of seed brand, can pay tribute to their agronomic team by nominating up to three individuals. U.S. farmers who submit nominations will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a daily prize as well as the grand prize – tickets to a NASCAR race for one farmer and up to three members of their agronomic support team.
Farmers can nominate their agronomic professionals and enter the sweepstakes at AgronomyWeek.com or by posting the professionals’ names on the DEKALB Asgrow Facebook page or Twitter with #AgronomyWeek and #contest.
Returning this season to help encourage farmer participation in Agronomy Week will be NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, who spoke with farmers about the event at the recent Commodity Classic show in Anaheim, California. “Growing up in Kansas, I have a great appreciation for farmers,” Bowyer says. “I’m honored to support such a worthy industry and excited to be part of Agronomy Week again.”
Uitenbroek notes that in farming, like racing, an experienced support crew is essential for a strong start and winning performance. “We encourage all farmers to participate in Agronomy Week and help establish this celebration as a strong tradition throughout our industry.”